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MARY STUART : A POWERFUL ELIZABETHAN DRAMA

All the good scriptwriting theory says  that conflict is always at the heart of every good drama. Let it be said that there was plenty of conflict and heat in this production. This play explores one of history’s great rivalries. A battle of wits, blood and broken hearts, reinvented for the stage – the iconic tale of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth 1 of England.

Following an uprising, Mary has fled Scotland, gone to England and has been imprisoned by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth. The Queen her Imprisoned because Mary is younger, more beloved, and has her own claim to the throne.

The play starts after Mary has been languishing in prison for some 19 years and has now been found guilty of treason. She is told that the Queen can now sign a warrant for her execution.   Continue reading MARY STUART : A POWERFUL ELIZABETHAN DRAMA

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN
Production images: Sarah Walker

STRANGERS IN BETWEEN… two strangers.  Strangers who are pulled into the life of a newcomer to the perilous city, a young man named Shane. Shane is in between boy and man, in between straight and gay and in between genetic family and adoptive family.  He is the lost boy, the wide eyed innocent, the guiltless seeker and he will meet these two strangers  as he emerges blinking to a new life.  This production, playing at the Seymour Centre as part of Mardi Gras, tells a story.  A human story, riddled with the laughter and with the fears.  The story for us of those who embrace us. Continue reading STRANGERS IN BETWEEN: STRANGERS WELL MET AND STRANGERS NO MORE